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with the airport security. >> we investigate some san jose airport workers going from the sidewalk to the terminal in seconds, bypassing all security with a single badge swipe. good evening, i'm diane dwyer. >> and i'm terry mcsweeney. the san jose airport is in the spotlight. the question being asked is how secure is sjc. this morning we expose more security weaknesses at the airport. >> here comes these two ladies from earlier. >> reporter: two airport workers enter these doors just off a busy sidewalk. >> there she goes. >> reporter: and seconds later enter the airport terminal. this man in the minivan heads in the doors. >> where's he going? >> reporter: and then he's at the gate. or this guy, sprinting to get through them too. >> scanned and goes in. >> reporter: all these people with a single swipe of a badge, just bypassed all airport security at san jose
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international airport. and it's allowed. >> i'm not really comfortable with the concept of a system like airport security. >> reporter: it's exactly why this blue ribbon task force was created back in 2002, to find technology-driven solutions that would make airports safer. it found weak control of the airport workforce due to inconsistent standards, uneven oversight and poor enforcement that could potentially allow for unauthorized individuals to get in. you see, some airport workers go back and forth from public areas to secure areas, so they don't always go through security. instead, they simply swipe a badge. the task force found biometrics like fingerprinting or hand scanning coupled with an i.d. badge is extraordinarily reliable in making the airport more secure. >> flight 343. >> reporter: airports including
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sfo now have it. san jose does not. >> technology is there. it can be utilized and it should be implemented. >> reporter: congressman mike honda spearheaded that task force. >> it has been 12 years and it doesn't appear that we're any better off now than we were before. >> well, yes, i believe that we should revisit the recommendations. it was meant for everybody because we utilized the idea that all airports should be following the same recommendations. >> we did test some biometrics here but that wasn't an area that tsa has established any standards for at this point. >> reporter: kim mcgary is the director of aviation at san jose international airport. >> even though tsa does not require it, do you think it would enhance security to have biometrics at those entrances? >> there are different things that you can do, and certainly even the tsa doesn't require it. things that you do above and beyond the basic standards. >> reporter: we watched these doors for a week, as passengers and anyone else who wants to walks by.
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insiders say anyone who gets ahold of a badge that opens these doors can go from the sidewalk to inside the terminal in seconds. >> from what we saw, it's the swipe of a badge and then they can be in the terminal within 20 seconds and there's nobody checking them. >> certainly what you see is -- we call security like an iceberg. so you have the tip of the iceberg. there's a lot of things that go on behind the scenes to prepare that employee for what he or she is required and allowed to do. >> reporter: at another set of doors just feet away, we watched as one worker swiped a badge and two others follow him in. >> only one badge was swiped for three employees. >> reporter: the sign on it reads "all personnel must swipe their badge." is that permitted? >> that is not the secure area door so, yes, that is permitted. >> reporter: an airport spokesperson later sent this e-mail stating officials checked the door and found it is signed
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incorrectly and that group access is permitted. sjc plans to change the sign. so what about those doors we showed you earlier that lead directly to the terminal? who's using them. remember these ladies? we found them stocking items at starbucks. and this man, who hours earlier was unloading supplies from his minivan also swiped a badge. moments later enters the terminal. >> that badge potentially could be passed on to somebody else. >> so the badge itself has different coding levels on it. and there's also checks and double checks that you may not be seeing. >> reporter: so you know for sure that the person using that badge does own the badge? >> well, that's certainly the goal of the program. >> security doesn't come free. >> reporter: rafi ron is an international security expert. he helped improve security at boston logan airport after 9/11.
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>> the inside threat is a very serious problem. >> reporter: he believes biometrics is a needed layer to enhance security. >> that is something unique and attached to the person's body and cannot be imitated by anybody else. >> we're very confident in our program and we feel that we met and exceeded the requirements in many places. >> we've been lucky, but i don't think you can rely on luck moving toward. >> reporter: jenna susko, nbc bay area news. >> if you have a tip for our investigative unit, give us a call at 888-996-tips or send us an e-mail to theunit @nbcbayair a hit and run crash injured one woman. police found the 24-year-old woman last night on 10th street near gilroy high. paramedics transported her to a trauma center. today she is in stable but serious condition. according to the police, the driver was in a
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champagne-colored suv miss get driver's side mirror. some say as california goes, so goes the nation. and in california this evening, there is new legislation to combat what is becoming a staggering number of smartphone thefts. one in ten americans have been hit. if this new so-called kill switch effort is successful, it could soon affect cell phone users across the country. miguel almaguer has more. >> reporter: brazen cell phone robberies are an epidemic, often carried out in daylight. 3.1 million americans had their smartphones stolen last year alone. one out of every ten of us. 23-year-old megan boken was talking to her mom on her new iphone when it was stolen and she was shot to death. >> we need to act quickly to stop the growing trend of violent cell phone thefts. >> reporter: her family wants all cell phones to have a so-called kill switch, which they believe could have saved megan's life. >> if you created something where the phone becomes a brick,
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literally a brick and does not work anymore, it's not very appealing to steal it. >> reporter: in california, they just approved a bill to have cell phones with a kill switch next year. software allowing consumers to render the device useless. >> the only way we'll put a stop to this is when we get to the point where most of those devices have a kill switch. >> reporter: the bill has its critics. the trade group that represents mobile carriers who make billions on cell phone insurance says safety is their top priority, but are against a kill switch law. state by state technology mandates stifle innovation to the ultimate detriment to the consumer. cell phone theft is a crime of opportunity. statistics show it happens most often during the middle of the day, often in a restaurant. a study shows three out of four people would put themselves in danger just to get their cell back. >> it has like all of my stuff on it.
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like my pictures and text messages. >> reporter: sara mcguire was desperate when her cell phone was stolen. she did what police say you should never do, chase after the thief. >> we had one individual whose throat was slashed, we have people that have been punched. >> reporter: a dangerous trend on the rise, and now a proposed law, a kill switch many believe could save lives. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. we are learning more tonight about what it will take for immigrants living illegally in california to get a valid driver's license. the dmv outlined a possible two-part process yesterday. immigrants would be able to establish their identity with government-issued documents like foreign passports, birth certificates and national i.d. cards. to prove california residency, immigrants will be able to use things like utility bills, leases and school or medical records. the current proposed list is not yet finalized so it could be subject to change. investigators are still looking for one more victim after that horrific fire aboard
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a hot air balloon. weav we're learning that the pilot of the balloon had 30 years of experience. family members say the explosion and crash were a freak accident. two people died and more than 100 people are still searching for that third victim. >> i know there's some questions as to what's taking so long. you've got to understand it's a very rural area, very dense, wooded, a lot of undergrowth and it just takes time. it's a very meticulous process when you're doing a grid search and it's meticulous for a reason. so nothing gets overlooked. >> federal investigators are now trying to determine the cause of that accident as well. pressure is mounting today for the head of the veterans affairs administration to be held accountable for the va's health care system. this as more whistleblowers are coming forward. kelly o'donnell has the latest. >> are you going to do what's right for the veterans, sir? >> reporter: veterans and their families are demanding answers and accountability. >> it took months for them to
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see him. they wouldn't call us back. >> reporter: this widening scandal first surfaced at the phoenix veterans affairs hospital. with allegations that records were secretly altered to show shorter waiting times for patient appointments to meet va standards. >> we were betrayed. myself, other veterans. >> reporter: senator john mccain, who held a town hall meeting on the controversy friday, said this could lead to criminal charges. >> this is the first time i've ever seen an outright what apparently, allegedly, is an outright cover-up. >> reporter: going beyond arizona, a texas va medical clerk, brian turner, tells nbc news that clerks in the san antonio and austin offices were coached to change numbers and dates to erase wait times of weeks or months. >> if you have a longer time frame than the 14-day window, you would receive a report and they would tell you, you need to change this. >> reporter: va officials said
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turner's claims were not substantiated. turning to wyoming, nbc news obtained an e-mail where a va staffer described the practice of altering dates, writing, yes, it is gaming the system a bit, but you have to know the rules of the game you are playing. adding, the front office gets very upset when wait times go past 14 days. veterans affairs secretary eric shinseki ordered an investigation of the wyoming office and put an employee on leave. >> i'm very disappointed in the evidence that we have so far. it's tragic and it's unacceptable. >> again, that was nbc's kelly o'donnell reporting. the secretary of the veterans affairs department plans to testify at a senate hearing this thursday about the ongoing controversy. preparations are under way in east ukraine for tomorrow's secession vote. ballot papers have been printed for more than three million eligible residents in the vote which has already been declared illegal by kiev. the vote is asking people if
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they support state self rule. the critics say the ballot is intentionally worded in a vague way to win support across a spectrum of people in the region. the vote will be held tomorrow despite calls from vladimir putin to postpone it. the u.s. and the european union have said they will not recognize its outcome. still to come, a new state ban on rat poison. starting this summer. we'll explain why. plus $10 million homes selling quickly. why the wealthy are flocking to one bay area city. and at least for now, nothing hot about the weather. we've got some windy conditions, especially over in san francisco. gusts have been up to 40 miles per hour. oakland 67, plus snow showers heading up toward the sierra. big changes in your forecast. a taste of summer is ahead. we'll have a look at that when we come back.
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silicon valley real estate market is red hot right now, especially in one particular town. atherton has the most expensive zip code in the entire country.
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residents include many of silicon valley's movers and shakers, including hewlett-packard's meg whitman and sheryl sandberg. more outsiders want in on that community. >> reporter: it's hard to see the multimillion dollar mansions behind the huge gates and down the long driveways, but they're there, and for sale. i went to the real estate website trulia and found homes on the market for $7 million, $10 million, $17 million, and even $25 million. >> those houses would be about 10,000 square feet, typically three levels with full basements, media roomsz, exercise rooms, et cetera. guest houses oftentimes and pools. >> reporter: tom lemieux says the buyers are everyone from local tech entrepreneurs to people from overseas, particularly asia. >> we have a market here with high demand, low supply. of course we are the center of
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technology. the tech sector is doing well. we are just a center of innovation here, and so that more than anything drives our housing market. >> reporter: what also makes atherton so appealing is the privacy. the acres of flat land and location. it's in the heart of silicon valley. halfway between san francisco and san jose and just a few miles from the headquarters of facebook, google, apple, and many more. brokers say housing prices in atherton continue to rise rapidly and buyers are moving lightning fast. ken deleon just sold a mansion for $14 million to a chinese buyer in 72 hours. >> one of the reasons atherton is so hot is forbes named it as the number one most affluent zip code in america. a lot of my clients, particularly chinese, are very prestige driven and they want to be within the best area of all of america, so that helped boost atherton's stock. >> brokers say they often see all cash buyers and some will even purchase the home sight unseen. janelle wang, nbc bay area news.
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>> and one of the world's richest men wants to get in on this action as well. a new report in silicon valley business journal says warren buffett's company, berkshire hathaway is close to buying real estate services based out of cupertino. rob mayeda here now. a very windy day. we've got summer just down the road, right? >> bypassing spring altogether right now. we have snow in the sierra right now and some gustygusty, bluste conditions out across the bay. you've got wind gusts up to 41 miles an hour. sfo up to 43 about an hour ago, sustained winds at 35 miles per hour. so windy and cool. right now not only is the air cold, it's coming in off the ocean, which is keeping our temperatur temperatures, as you see them right now, low 60s in san francisco, mid-60s in san jose, but these numbers may be 30 degrees warmer.
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the winds will be coming in, in an opposite direction. look at these wind speeds up to 34, 35 miles an hour and 25-mile-per-hour winds in san jose. and here's the culprit. we've got this winter-like low dropping down on the east side of the sierra. you see the snow there. earlier around the hill tops of napa county and solano county, a few brief showers. that line has weakened moving north to south. we're still seeing snow highway 50 south heading into yosemite. snow near 6,000 feet which gives you an indication of how cold tomorrow no troubles if you're heading to the high country, things will be drying out for your sunday plans. still a little breezy out there. the high off to the west, that strong low to the east giving us a wind machine around the bay area through the evening. those wind speeds will start to back off in terms of speed but the direction will change. as high pressure builds in, it will act like an atmospheric
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hair drier, warming up the air as it compresses down toward sea level and moves offshore. just a little warming tomorrow and big-time warming tuesday and wednesday. so the hottest stretch of weather we'll likely see depends on where that high is located, which looks like towards wednesday and thursday. notice we'll see a system here into thursday and friday that should retrigger the sea breeze, just like we have outside right now. we hope to see this by friday because that will take an edge off the heat. some places on the coast cooling on thursday and inland spots will wait another day before the temperatures cool on down. today san jose near 70. we should be close to 78 tomorrow. maybe low 80s, though, just south of downtown. if you're heading south of san jose, saratoga, over towards morgan hill, low 80s for tomorrow. the peninsula looking pretty good. less windy tomorrow. mid-70s around belmont. san francisco, low 70s. starting to warm up. into the north bay and tri-valley, you see the
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temperatures climbing into the low 80s. low 80s out towards walnut creek. those numbers will seem cool compared to where the next five days go. take a look here, the example being san jose jumping into the upper 80s on monday and then from tuesday through thursday staying in the 90s. wednesday should be the hottest day of the week, pretty close to 100. now, what's unusual about this heat wave is look at san francisco. that would be the safe place to go. tark b.a.r.t. and you cool off but not the case, it's 90 when you step off the train. so the sea breeze starts to hit san francisco on thursday, which will lead to bay area wide cooling by friday. so winter for now, but trust me, hear me now, believe me later, you will get summer coming tuesday and wednesday. back to you. >> thanks, rob. >> i believe you now because i love that weather. >> yeah, looks good. coming up, don't be so quick. we have a warning to pucker up. >> the kiss that's helping the spread of salmonella. that is the right video.
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we'll explain all of this in just a couple of minutes.
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it's killing more than rats, that's why the state may ban the sale of extra toxic rat poison starting in july. at issue are strong poisons designed to kill rats by thinning their blood and preventing clotting. what many don't know is the poison quickly works its way up the food chain. it ends up in cougars, owls, coyotes, bobcats and even the endangered fox. a san diego judge ruled yesterday in favor of a consumer ban. a pending suit by the manufacturer would reverse that decision, however. the message from food experts, be careful around these guys, chickens. federal officials are investigating a salmonella outbreak. they say it may be connected to backyard chickens from ohio farms. more than 60 people have gotten sick so far. a majority are children. cases spike after easter when parents order chicks as gifts
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during that time. experts say most illnesses happen when chicken owners treat their birds like family, bringing them into the homes and then also giving them a kiss or two because the little chicks are so darn adorable. >> maybe you should just settle for a shaking of the claw. >> that seems like a lovely idea. or a little hug even. >> but be careful. nothing too much. >> we'll be right back.
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tiny and tirerrified. that's how officers described a small dog. the chp tweeted this photo. look at him on interstate 680 in walnut creek. one officer is coaxing the pup closer with a treat there. officers say the dog is safe and now being cared for at contra costa animal services. we still don't know how he ended up on that center divider. it's a very tall center divider and a very small little dog. there are some theories that
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perhaps somebody abandoned him there but getting into the middle of the freeway seems like a tough thing to do. >> you don't think there's any way in the world that dog jumped that high? >> it seems tough to have jumped that high for that little dog but i don't know. he could have jumped up and could have got scared and didn't want to come back down, i don't know. >> what's the average vertical leap of a chihuahua? >> i think they can jump pretty high but i don't know. thankfully that has a happy ending. >> he was sort of smart staying there because had he gotten into the freeway, that would have been not good. the weather, maybe you're not so happy with how gusty the winds are. very strong winds up to 40 miles per hour. tomorrow a little bess wiless ws and 80s. all across the bay area it should be great. out at the coast 70s, but 90s firing up toward the middle part of the week so that's a sign of some things to come. >> we've been up and down so much this year. >> yes, very gusty winter-like system dropping snow, helping to give us strong winds here too.
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>> thanks a lot. more local news on nbc bay area 6 coming up after this break. >> we'll see you then.
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a husband and father killed in a case of road rage. now the police and community are coming together to help the south bay family out. grown men attempting to snuff out the aspirations of young girls. >> the first lady spoke to the nation about the bring back our girls movement involving the hundreds of kidnapped girls in nigeria. we'll show you more of her first address to the country. plus a first for football. an openly gay football player drafted by an nfl team. what it means for the sport and michael sam. good evening, everyone, i'm terry mcsweeney. >> and i'm diane dwyer, thanks for joining us. history has been made in professional sports. the first


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